A treasured institution of the 1920's, The Lewis Department Store stood as one of the grandest buildings in Birmingham. Famed for its bellboys and rooftop playground inhabited by wild animals, it offered a taste of 34th Street New York which has subsequently been lost during its remodelling for office use in the 1990's.
Our brief was to recapture the building's original character whilst providing exemplary office accommodation.
A new double-height entrance creates an arrival experience worthy of one of the best headquarters in the city; featuring an impressive canopy and elegantly proportioned glazing to create a dynamic and open frontage. The new lobby incorporates a library, meeting area, visitors’ lounge and an open exhibition space that can be used for bespoke events.
A new seventh floor has been added with terraces to all sides and designed to open into the Minories arcade, enabling the space to be used all year round.